Ok. We are well into our first full week of the new year. Woo hooo!!! After all of the festivities and time off from work then getting back into the grind. This year promises to be both challenging yet fruitful and abundant. So I wanted to share a motivational moment that I experienced a few weeks ago.
During the holiday break I watched a movie ( one that I've seen a hundred times and will see a hundred more ! ) with my hubster and his brother. There is a pretty famous scene with a father and son that always moves me inside ... like it stirs up some shit in my gut each and every time I watch it. This movie is titled Rocky Balboa and from the moment you hear the theme song , you immediately feel like you can fly and jump to your feet and punch the air. Wait ..... tell me you do this too? .... because I know for sure that I can not be the only one doing this every time I hear the Rocky theme song. ( I have it playing as I write this actually , hahaha!)
In this movie , the general scope is that Rocky, now older in his 60's still has "stuff in the basement" as he puts it and decides he wants to get back in the ring. Although he passes all the necessary health tests the boxing board of peeps who get to decide whether or not you can live your dream at such an age try to tell him it is in his best interest not to fight... after Rocky delivers a whole hearted speech about his choice to fulfill a dream... they change their mind and grant him a boxing license.
Here is where things get a lil bit dicey.. not so much for Rocky but for his son.. who pleas to his father to not do this because he feels like he's been living in his shadow all his life. He begins to tell his dad how hard it has been to always be known as Rocky's boy and that... just when he is beginning to find himself here goes Rocky stealing his thunder. He says "people see me but they think of you" then asks him to not get into the ring.
Well.... What Rocky says in response is what just blows me away and If you have not seen it.. I urge you to click here and watch it now ... seriously.. watch it now and then come back to read the rest of this.
Did you watch it? Ok, good!
"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows and I don't care how tough you are cause nothing will hit harder than life". Whoaaaaa... like seriously! This is spot on dead ass the truth. Life can hit fucking hard and you feel that shit right in your chest, don't you. I mean, I know I do.
" It's not about how hard you get hit but about how much you can take and keep moving forward". #truth.
Talk about motivation... because the truth is each one of us gets hit hard and sometimes from more than one angle but you have a choice to get up each time and keep moving forward... to make a decision to not allow the excuses or the hits to be bigger than what's ahead.
Indeed. That is how winning is done!
Then he goes on to say " Now if you know what you're worth-go out and get what you're worth.. but you have to be willing to take the hits and not blame this person or that person ( I'm paraphrasing of course) " for not being where you want to be.
Go out and get what you're worth are powerful words .. don't know about you but gives me goosebumps every time!
As I watched this movie that night I thought about my first swimming lesson which was coming up that weekend. I realized I too had "stuff in the basement" and it was time to confront that fear and get up from that hit. (I will be sharing my journey from fear to strength in the coming months on that topic)
Soooooo ..... it is a choice! YOUR choice. MY Choice. If you have stuff in your basement that you need to set free and share with the world; tell your story and share your truth. Do that thing that you need to do no matter the age, no matter the circumstances, no matter if others are doing the same thing and please do not give a hoot what others think or how it looks to them because guess what... it's your shit in the basement that you are working on. You own that shit!
Remember that it's YOUR story you get to tell and I encourage you to rewrite that shitty first draft because all those hits and how you've gotten up after each one, shook yourself off and decided to move forward ...... is one hell of a journey!!
From my grateful heart to yours!